“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”​  - Raymond Carver 

Each month we will have different writing and songwriting contests. Each one will have a specific theme and/or rules that must be met. We will only accept one submission per writer per contest. The winner will receive $50, their piece on the welcome page for the month, and a copy of the next issue of the journal.


Each contest starts on the 1st of the month and closes on the 14th. The winners will be announced on the last day of the month.



Monthly Writing Contest

​June Songwriting Contest

Monthly Contest Submission Guidelines

-Each submission must meet the criteria of this month's contest. If the piece doesn't fulfill all criteria, it will automatically be disqualified (no matter how good it is.)


-Each submission must be unique and CANNOT be published elsewhere.


-In your email, the subject should be your name- monthly contest (Jane Doe- Monthly Writing Contest or John Doe- Monthly Songwriting Contest). In the body of your email write a cover letter with your name,  address, and short bio. Attach a file with your piece or song (we would prefer an audio file but a Youtube video will work too). 


-DO NOT have your name anywhere on your piece or audio file.


-If you do not submit the fee for the contest your piece or song will not be accepted. 


**All submissions are to be sent to patricia@humannoisejournal.com**


Godspeed and may the odds be ever in your favor.


​​For our first songwriting contest, the song must focus around a journey or a quest.The journey or quest can be a physical or a spiritual one. It can be in any style as long as the idea of the journey can be expressed fully. The song must be at least 1 minute long but no longer than 6 minutes. Below is an example of one of favorite "journey" songs. It a sad one but a good example of something we would be looking for. Have fun with it!

June Writing Contest

Our contest for June will be a poetry contest. Our theme is sense of place. We want you to write a poem in whatever form, or lack or form, that you would like but the poem needs to make us feel like we are where ever the poem is taking place. There should be loads of details that include all senses (sight, touch, taste, smell, and sounds). Our judge this month is Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi. Her newest book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, will be published October 2017.